The performing arts publisher


quick | advanced


My Cart

Items : 0
Sub total : $0.00

View Cart 
Shipping Policy


Author Profile

Exposed by the Mask
$20.86 ex GST
$22.95 inc GST

Exposed by the Mask

Peter Hall

In these four lectures Peter Hall reveals a lifetime of discoveries about classical theatre, Shakespeare, opera and modern drama. The central argument is that form and structured language paradoxically give freedom to power of thought and feeling, much as the masks of early Greek drama enabled actors to express extreme emotion. The mask may take many forms – the precise language of Beckett and Pinter, the classical form of Mozart’s operas, or Shakespeare’s verse.

Now reprinted to form part of the Oberon's Masters Series; a brand new series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the arts written by leading lights in each subject.

The wisest and most stimulating short book about theatre since Peter Brook’s The Empty Space - Charles Spencer, Sunday Telegraph

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-993-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Ibsen: Two Plays
$19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST

Ibsen: Two Plays

Wild Duck, The / John Gabriel Borkman

Henrik Ibsen (Peter Hall / Inga-Stina Ewbank)
Two stunning interpretations. 

The Wild Duck
Ibsen peels away fragile layers of the Ekdal family’s world to reveal underlying tragedy.

John Gabriel Borkman
A visionary banker and convicted embezzler, is obsessed with the power and glory of wealth.

Oberon Books | 978-0-94823-040-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Necessary Theatre, The
$15.45 ex GST
$16.99 inc GST

Necessary Theatre, The

Peter Hall

A distillation of Sir Peter Hall's current thinking on the state of theatre in which he argues the case for subsidy if theatre is not to stagnate, falling back on the tried and true. Hall also argues that the very best theatre can only be made with a permanent company of actors and technicians in their own building, an ideal he briefly enjoyed with his own repertory company at the Old Vic.

A vital contribution to the continuing debate about the place of theatre—and indeed the arts in general—in our society published as part of the Dramatic Contexts series. Other titles in the series are Evoking (and forgetting!) Shakespeare by Peter Brook, Poetics by Aristotle and The Ground on Which I Stand by August Wilson.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-402-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Peter Hall's Diaries: The Story of a Dramatic Battle
$45.41 ex GST
$49.95 inc GST

Peter Hall's Diaries: The Story of a Dramatic Battle

Peter Hall

Edited by John Goodwin. With a new introduction by Peter Hall. The diaries cover the period from 1972 to 1980 when Hall conducted the historic move of the National Theatre from the Old Vic to the South Bank. He vividly recounts eight years of intense creative activity, and the triumphs and frustrations of "a kind of war I had to win". The diaries are also frank portrayals of the many people he worked with: Olivier, Scofield, Richardson, Gielgud, Finney, Ashcroft, Pinter, Osborne, Shaffer, Ayckbourn, Hare, Brenton, Bond, Beckett, Schlesinger, Bryden, Miller, Dexter. As founder of the RSC, he provides a special insight into his relationship with that company. These diaries uniquely reveal what it is like to be head of a great artistic enterprise struggling to establish itself under intense public scrutiny.

It is the most absorbing book on the theatre I have ever read - Harold Hobson, The Sunday Times

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-102-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players (new format)
$29.95 ex GST
$32.95 inc GST

Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players (new format)

Foreword by Dan Stevens

Peter Hall
This best-selling guide to acting Shakespeare is now available in a new, smaller and lighter handbook size. 

Shakespeare tells the actor when to go fast and when to go slow; when to pause, when to come in on cue and when to accent a word. His text is full of such clues. Shakespeare heard the lines as he wrote them.

This new edition is an essential text for classical training at drama school and an invaluable reference book for actors and directors working on Shakespeare productions

'A Masterchef's tips for cooking up a theatrical feast.'  Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) from his foreword.

Oberon Books | 978-1-78319-009-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB